Sri Lanka Crisis: Acting President Wickremesinghe to implement relief programme amid economic turmoil
17 July, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava
Ranil Wickremesinghe, acting president of Sri Lanka, has chosen to initiate an immediate relief programme to supply gasoline, gas, and basic foods to the people who are suffering as a result of the...
Ranil Wickremesinghe, acting president of Sri Lanka, has chosen to initiate an immediate relief programme to supply gasoline, gas, and basic foods to the people who are suffering as a result of the economic crisis.
Following conversations on July 16 with ministers and lawmakers, he made this choice. Additionally, it has been determined to use the extra funds from the relief budget, which will be submitted in August, for this purpose.
Acting president suggested hurriedly implementing the programme for food security. The regular and fast delivery of gasoline and fertilizers received special attention.
Additionally, during this conversation, strategies were developed to provide conditions necessary for businesspeople to operate their enterprises without any obstacles.
During the meeting, Wickremesinghe stated that strategy provided by nonviolent protestors had been acknowledged as a sound one.
Furthermore, Ranil promised to notify the activists of the steps being done to combat corruption.
Sajith Premadasa, head of Sri Lanka’s main opposition, had earlier on Friday declared his intention to run for president.
In a special statement, interim President Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that since Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had resigned from office in line with the Constitution, Parliament will convene following week to begin the process of electing a new leader.
With food and gasoline shortages, Sri Lanka is currently experiencing its greatest economic crisis since gaining independence.
While this was going on, Sri Lankan Supreme Court issued an interim injunction preventing former leaders Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa from leaving the nation without the court’s consent until July 28.